Food for Thought

I used my last fresh red pepper Dec. 1st.  Yes, I still have fresh tomatoes, onions, and lots of vegetables in the freezer as well, but it still signals the beginning of the end of having all the fresh vegetables I want to eat until the growing season begins again.

With each year that passes I am determined to have more fresh vegetables through the winter months — that come from my garden.  I’m continually planning for a lot more Russian Kale, Spinach, lettuce, and spring onions, bunching onions, multiplier onions and parsley to get me through the hard months of January, February and March.

Growing Your Own

The longer I garden and the more variety I grow in my garden — the more I appreciate it.  This is true in part because of the worsening conditions in big agri-business and the realization that if you want to eat foods not laced with poisons — growing your own is about the only way. Unless of course you have the resources to buy everything from reputable organic growers.

It’s Easy and Uncomplicated

It does seem a shame that most have to be at the mercy of the unscrupulous doings of corporate agriculture.   Although I realize that it’s not possible for every person to garden, I think if many realized how simple it is to garden organically and healthfully, a lot more people would do it. It’s so easy and uncomplicated even the busiest among us could raise a few things.

Nothing New Under the Sun

If you’ve studied history,  you probably have realized long ago that there is nothing new under the sun. Human nature has remained pretty much the same throughout the ages.

A Lesson from History

When this country was founded – most who came from England didn’t know how to grow their own food because it had always been done for them.  In Virginia, the Indians saved them from starvation time and time again.  And finally, when the Indians ran low and could no longer give away food without starving themselves, the colonists demanded that the Indians give them the little they had.  (If you’re keeping up with what’s going on in this country today — that sure sounds familiar doesn’t it?)

Eventually, they learned to grow food, but what happened?  Tobacco became a popular cash crop.  So everyone — and I literally mean almost everyone — raised tobacco and when winter came they had cash and no food available to buy.  I certainly see a comparison here to what is happening in today’s age.

A job is seen today as the cash crop —– because it brings in the cash.  The cash is seen as being able to buy the things that are needed.  Most have been duped into believing that raising food is not needed at all. (Just like the colonists — except that most people today have access to food in the grocery stores – although it’s not healthful food – but it’s there as long as there are no events like riots, weather, etc. to keep it from getting there.)

In Today’s Society

Many times, couples feel that both have to work an outside job to support the family.  Often they find that by the time they pay the cost of the job (car, gas, clothes, being too tired to cook, having to settle for inferior food, paying someone to watch the kids, problems with the kids stemming from the need of parental attention, etc.) they may not come out with a profit after all. I’m not saying it can’t be done, I’m just saying it takes a rare breed to come out of that situation unscathed.

What Do You Really Want?

All of us can do more than we think we can.  We can also do without many things that we’ve been programed to think we can’t live without. It’s all a question of determining what we really want in life, what our priorities are and then being willing to give up other things to get what we want the most.

Final Thoughts

I wish you every success in making the right choices.  Choices that you can look back on years from now and say “Yes, I took the right road.”


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